Horticulture Managers

(NOC 0822)

in All Management

Horticulture managers plan, organize, direct and control the activities of nursery and greenhouse staff that grow and market trees, shrubs, flowers and plants. They develop work schedules, maintain quality control and production records, maintain financial records, and hire and supervise staff.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate 0 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Management

  • Estimate 2445 employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 5900 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to remain largely the same over the next few years. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Managers in Horticulture may either be working full-time or part-time hours. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers.

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$13,990

Median

$39,666

Maximum

Compared to: All Management

Hourly Pay

$22.50

Minimum

$43.80

Median

$66.20

Maximum

Annual Pay

$10,632

Minimum

$55,002

Median

$124,014

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Horticulture managers plan, organize, direct and control the activities of nursery and greenhouse staff that grow and market trees, shrubs, flowers and plants. They develop work schedules, maintain quality control and production records, maintain financial records, and hire and supervise staff.

Job duties

Horticulture managers:

  • Manage the operations of nurseries and greenhouses.
  • Create the conditions required to grow trees, shrubs, flowers and plants, and design planting and care schedules.
  • Decide type and quantity of stock to grow.
  • Supervise staff in planting, transplanting, feeding and spraying stock.
  • Identify and control insect, disease and weed problems.
  • Develop marketing plans.
  • Provide information to customers on gardening and on the care of trees, shrubs, flowers, plants and lawns.
  • Order materials like fertilizer, garden and lawn care equipment, and other nursery and greenhouse related accessories.
  • Hire and manage staff, oversee training and set work schedules.
  • Maintain records on stock, finances and staff.

Sample job titles

  • Christmas tree farm operator
  • flower grower
  • greenhouse operator
  • horticultural contractor
  • horticultural greenhouse operator
  • hothouse flower grower
  • hydroponic greenhouse operator
  • nursery operator

Skills

  • You should enjoy working outdoors. Supervisory and communication skills are essential. You must be willing to try new processes and methods. The ability to adapt to changing technologies is important for more efficient production. You must be observant, innovative, and resourceful.

Job requirements

  • A college program in horticulture is usually required.

Other considerations

  • Experience as a nursery or greenhouse supervisor is required.

By the numbers

Quick look

205

employed in 2016

65.9%

employed full-time

70.7%

self employed

31.7%
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68.3%
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61.5

median age

Compared to: All Management

44,250

employed in 2016

91.2%

employed full-time

18.9%

self employed

40.5%
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59.5%
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48.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

38.1%

Southern

$8,026 median annual income
28.6%

North Shore

$13,988 median annual income
16.7%

Annapolis Valley

N/A
9.5%

Halifax

N/A
7.1%

Cape Breton

N/A

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

93.3%

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

6.7%

Other services (except public administration)

What is the age of Employment?

33.0%

55-64

29.0%

65+

14.0%

35-44

10.0%

25-34

10.0%

45-54

5.0%

15-24

Compared to: All Management

30.7%

45-54

23.1%

35-44

21.7%

55-64

14.0%

25-34

7.8%

65+

Top levels of education

26.8%

High school

N/A
17.1%

College Diploma

N/A
14.6%

Less than high school

N/A
14.6%

Trade Certification

N/A
12.2%

Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Management

27.2%

Bachelor

$71,875 median annual income
23.8%

High school

$42,294 median annual income
20.4%

College Diploma

$50,256 median annual income
9.1%

Master

$93,261 median annual income
7.2%

Trade Certification

$44,396 median annual income

Education & training

Applied Horticulture

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs focus on growing and processing domesticated plants, shrubs, flowers, foliage, trees, groundcovers, and related plant materials, managing technical and business operations connected with horticultural services, and the scientific principles needed to understand plants and their management and care.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture
Halifax, NS
Canadian Institute of Management - Maritimes
Various, NS

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.